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THE first AFM S-2000 auger filling machine fitted with electronic control has enabled contract fillers Steric to keep up with ‘runaway demand’ for Dick Smith’ new Australian Helicopter Jelly.

Originally supplied three years ago for the purpose of filling 2kg packs of drinking chocolate, the auger filler has been modified to fill 80gram packs of Helicopter Jelly.

Tony Phillips, CEO of Australian Filling Machines, said the filler was converted from operating on a semi automatic basis, filling by weight (2kg loads) to a fully automatic mode, filling volumetrically and used in concert with a cartoning machine.

"The conversion was carried out by AFM engineers working on site at Steric's Oakleigh factory and took about four hours," he said.

Gordon Kelman, plant engineer at Steric, said the AFM filling machine had proven to be both versatile and efficient in two very different filling operations.

“It has been especially valuable in enabling us to handle the booming demand for Dick Smiths Helicopter Jelly -- a product which has literally taken off vertically." Australian Filling Machines 03 9792 3000.

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